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Next LASER: December 9, 2009

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), December 9, 2009, at the SETI Institute, Palo Alto, CA. Feature presentations include Chris Chafe, "Making Music in Data-Rich Environments," Paul Rabinow, "Ars Synthetica," Deborah Munk, "The Art of Recycling," and Cindy Stokes, "Dynamic Form." Find out more


2009 Year-End Campaign: Support Leonardo/ISAST

Your financial contribution to Leonardo/ISAST will help ensure that we keep going and growing! Please make your tax-deductible donation today, and tell us what matters most to you and your community. Help Leonardo turn the future you envision into a reality - your support will make a difference! Find out more

Leonardo Education Forum Call for Contributions: Art-Science and Science-Art Curricula

Leonardo Education Forum co-chair Victoria Vesna and Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina are interested in examples of courses and curricula that are in the art-science field, such as courses on art and biology, art and mathematics, art and chemistry, art and environmental sciences, etc. Find out more

Leonardo Education Forum at Re:Live 09

The Leonardo Education Forum (LEF) continues its successful international education event-initiative at the forthcoming Media Art History Conference Re:live 09 at the University of Melbourne, November 26, 2009. Leonardo community members are invited to join LEF at the public sessions. Working group topics include: "The Role of Research in Media Art & Science & Technology," "The Role of Curricula: Mapping the Terrain" and "The Role of Institutions: Institutional / Organizational Capacities and Benchmarks." Find out more


Leonardo Music Journal Volume 19 Now Available!
LMJ19: Our Crowd---Four Composers Pick Composers

Inside Leonardo Music Journal, Volume 19: Take back the noise: Armed with mics, parabolic speakers and tuning tubes, O+A turn modern aural mayhem into habitable soundscapes. The last tangible medium: The CD inspired what might be the last culture of a recording medium. Volker Straebel reports on the end of sound recording media. Pandora's blippoo: Rob Hordijk's Blippoo Box packages chaos theory in its certified-organic analog sound. Windstorms, dog-barks and sound arts: Liz Phillips's installations and sculptures draw on the natural energies around them to add sonic elastic to the atmosphere. LMJ 19 includes the audio CD "Telematic Music: Six Perspectives" curated by Pauline Oliveros with contributions by Nameless Sound Youth Ensemble + Guests, Norman Lowrey, Sarah Weaver, Tom Bickley, If, Bwana, Caterina De Re, Seth Cluett, Doug Van Nort, Marc Jensen, Kathy Kennedy, Paula Matthusen, Shannon Morrow, Monique Buzzarté, Kristin Norderval and Elainie Lillios. Find out more.

LMJ19 Erratum

An error appeared in Eliane Radigue's article "The Mysterious Power of the Infinitesimal," Leonardo Music Journal Vol. 19 (2009). Some words and phrases mistakenly appeared with underlines. The editors regret any confusion resulting from the error. To download the corrected article, please visit:

Coded Cloth Gallery Curated by Melinda Rackham
Now On-line

A single connecting thread winds through 300 years of textile and computing history. John Kay's invention of the flying shuttle and Joseph Marie Jacquard's binary punch cards and loom head led to mathematicians Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage's design and programming for an Analytical Engine, the direct predecessor of our modern-day mechanical computer. Without the warp and weft of textile technology, the hardware and software that enable today's ubiquitous information-processing revolution would never have emerged. In the early 21st century, the newest hybrid art forms of embedded computing and wearable technology are generating creations that would, until only recently, be beyond imagination. Find out more


Art Institute of Chicago Renews Membership in the Leonardo Affiliate Membership Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a unique program in the creative use of sound that goes well beyond the boundaries of a typical program in visual art, music, or multimedia. Students may pursue the creation and recording of audio work; the composition of music in numerous genres; live performance, improvisation, and audio installation; the integration of sound in other media, such as video, film, performance, and web-based art; designing and building software and hardware instruments; live and recorded electroacoustic music; and the use of distribution technologies such as radio, internet, and others. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Ryerson University, New Media Program

Apply your MFA or equivalent and studio-based teaching experience in this probationary tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, in Experience Design, commencing August 1, 2010, subject to final budgetary approval. Fluency in at least two current programming languages and an established art practice focused on the creative use of artificial intelligence, networked computational art and/or behavioral/social physical objects are required. Find out more

Full/Assistant Professor Position, Louisiana State University, AVATAR Initiative

The Arts, Visualization, Advanced Technologies, and Research (AVATAR) Initiative at Louisiana State University (LSU) is a platform for intersections among the arts, technology, and computational sciences, uniting scholars across the university, including the Schools of Art, Music, Landscape Architecture, and Mass Communication; the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and English; as well as the Center for Computation & Technology. It builds upon a university-wide commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching, progressive state tax credits for digital media and recent economic development in the region. LSU AVATAR invites dynamic, interdisciplinary scholars and artists dedicated to the advancement of digital media to apply to join our faculty. We are seeking world-class leaders and emerging junior faculty to help us build the critical mass of expertise necessary to create new technologies, advance understanding, and explore uncharted modes of expression in the realm of digital media. Find out more

Apply to School of the Art Institute of Chicago's
MFA Sound Program

School of the Art Institute of Chicago's MFA Program in Sound is one of the only sound programs in the U.S. situated within the context of a fine arts school. This orientation allows students the freedom to explore hybrid practices, such as electronics and instrument building and conceptual projects that consider sound outside of a musical context. The program's studio offerings are complemented by courses in the history and theory of sonic arts, physics, acoustics, electronics, and kinetics. Find out more